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Oyster Task Force Public-Private Oyster Grounds Committee to Meet

Release Date: 09/29/2017

Oyster Task Force Public-Private Oyster Grounds Committee

Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 9:30 A.M.

UNO Advanced Technology Center

2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210

New Orleans 70122

 

 

AGENDA

 

I.               Call to Order

II.             Discussion of the Moratorium Lifting Draft NOI- OTF

III.            Update on the Public Seed Grounds Leasing Map East of the MS River

IV.           Discussion on Future Openings of the Public Seed Grounds throughout the State- OTF

V.             Development of Public Information on the Shell Budget- Earl Melancon

VI.           Development of the RFP Guidelines for Breton Sound- Earl Melancon

VII.  Discussion of the Time Temperature Matrix-Brad Robin

VIII.  Discussion of Cargo License Issues- Brad Robin

IX.           Public Comment

X.             Set next meeting

XI.           Adjourn

 

The meeting will be held in compliance with Louisiana’s Open Meetings Law as defined by Louisiana R.S. 42:11, et seq.  The public is invited to attend.  To listen in to the meeting via webinar register at:

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The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.la.gov. To receive email alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup. . For press inquiries please contact Rene LeBreton, 504-286-8745 or rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is committed to accommodating all reasonable special requests regarding access to our meetings. Please direct all sign language interpreting services or other accommodation needs to rlebreton@wlf.la.gov at least 72 hours prior to the meeting date.

 

 

Louisiana Oyster Task Force to Meet Tuesday, October 3

Release Date: 09/28/2017

                                                                   Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 1 p.m.
UNO Advanced Technology Center
2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210
New Orleans 70122
 
AGENDA
 
 I.         Roll call and introduction of guests
II.         Approval of September 5, 2017, meeting minutes and October 3, 2017, agenda
III.        Treasury Report
            A.   Oyster Tag Sales
            B.   LOTF Financial Report
IV.        Committee Reports
            A.   Public and Private Oyster Grounds Committee (Mitch Jurisich)
            B.   Enforcement (Captain Chad Hebert)
            C.   Legislative (Jakov Jurisic)
            D.   Research (Earl Melancon)
            E.   Coastal Restoration (Dan Coulon)
            F.    Marketing (LDWF)
            G.   Health (Justin Gremillion)
            H.   Sustainability (LDWF)
            I.    Professionalism (LDWF)
            J.   Aquaculture (John Supan)
            K.  Joint Task Force Working Group (Mitch Jurisich)
V.         New Business
            A.   Discussion of Crevasse Control and Overflow East of the MS River - OTF
            B.   Discussion of Hypoxia in the Chandeleur and Breton Sound Areas - OTF
            C.   Discussion of the Habitat Suitability Index - OTF
            D.   Discussion of the Common Temperature Matrix - Brad Robin
            E.   To Consider Funding for the 2018 Fisheries Forward Summit - Earl Melancon
            F.    To Consider Sponsorship and Funding for the ISSC OTF Hospitality Room -  
                       OTF    
            G.   Discussion of the 2017 ‘Day in the Bay’ - OTF
VI.       Public Comment
VII.      Set Next Meeting
VIII.     Adjourn
 
The meeting will be held in compliance with Louisiana’s Open Meetings Law as defined by Louisiana R.S. 42:11, et seq.  The public is invited to attend. To listen in to the meeting via webinar register at:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2670799891403678722
 
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us atwww.wlf.la.gov. To receive email alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.
 
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is committed to accommodating all
reasonable special requests regarding access to our meetings. Please direct all sign
language interpreting services or other accommodation needs to the contact at the top of
this announcement at least 72 hours prior to the meeting date. 

Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board to Meet

Release Date: 09/28/2017

The Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board will meet on Tuesday, October 3, 2017. The meeting will convene at 9 a.m. in the second floor conference room of the University of New Orleans Advanced Technology Center located at 2021 Lakeshore Drive in New Orleans.
 
Agenda items for the meeting of the Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board are as follows:

  1. Roll call of board members 
  2. Approval of minutes from September 5, 2017, meeting 
  3. Hearing of deferred renewal permit appeals 
  4. Lizeth Rivas Mendez 
  5. Receive public comments 
  6. Set next meeting date 
  7. Adjournment 

This Board was established by Act 922 of the 2008 Regular Legislative Session for the purpose of hearing appeals of vessel permit denials by LDWF. Act 922 requires that anyone commercially harvesting oysters on the public oyster seed grounds and reservations, except those in Calcasieu Lake and Sabine Lake, must do so from a vessel holding a public oyster seed ground vessel permit issued by LDWF.
 
The meeting will be held in compliance with Louisiana’s Open Meetings Law as defined by Louisiana R.S. 42:11, et seq. The public is invited to attend.
 
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is committed to accommodating all
reasonable special requests regarding access to our meetings. Please direct all sign
language interpreting services or other accommodation needs to the contact at the top of
this announcement at least 72 hours prior to the meeting date. 
 
For more information, please contact Ty Lindsey at 225-765-2387 or tlindsey@wlf.la.gov .

Agents Make Drug and Wildlife Violations Case on Atchafalaya Delta WMA

Release Date: 09/28/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents arrested one Franklin man for alleged drug and wildlife violations and cited two other Franklin subjects for alleged wildlife violations on Sept. 26 in St. Mary Parish.

Agents arrested Eric L. Peltier, 38, for possession of methamphetamine, hydrocodone, Xanax, clonazepam, marijuana, possession of a firearm while in possession of illegal drugs, intentional concealment of illegally taken wildlife, hunting deer from a boat, hunting deer during illegal hours with artificial light, hunting deer during a closed deer season, possessing a firearm while frogging at night, collecting reptiles/amphibians and fishing without a basic fishing license.

Agents also cited Leon P. Savoie, 39, and Shelly G. Lee, 38, for intentional concealment of illegally taken wildlife, hunting deer from a boat, hunting deer during illegal hours with artificial light, hunting deer during a closed deer season, possessing a firearm while frogging at night, collecting reptiles/amphibians and fishing without a basic fishing license.

Agents were on patrol on the Atchafalaya Delta Wildlife Management Area (WMA) when they stopped a vessel around 11 a.m. to perform a boating safety and creel check.  During the check, agents found Peltier in possession of methamphetamine and marijuana.  Upon completion of the investigation, agents located several other types of suspected illegal narcotics belonging to Peltier including hydrocodone, Xanax and clonazepam.

Agents also learned that the three individuals had set out to go fishing with jug lines and to catch frogs without basic fishing licenses.

Agents further learned that while frogging after dark the subjects spotted a deer and shot it from their vessel with the assistance of an artificial light.  After shooting the deer, the subjects hid the deer in the front storage compartment of the vessel.

Agents seized a doe deer, an 18 foot vessel, 35 horsepower outboard motor, a 12 gauge shotgun, the illegal narcotics and a .22 caliber pistol.  Agents booked Peltier into the St. Mary Parish Jail.

Illegal possession of hydrocodone and methamphetamine each carries up to a $5,000 fine and five years in jail for each offense.  Illegal possession of Xanax and clonazepam each brings a $1,000 to $5,000 fine and up to five years in jail for each offense.  Possession of a firearm while in possession of illegal drugs carries up to a $10,000 fine and five to 10 years of prison.  Possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia each brings up to a $500 fine and six months in jail.

Intentional concealment of illegally taken wildlife, taking deer during a closed season and hunting deer during illegal hours brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail for each offense.  Possession of a firearm while frogging carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Hunting deer from a boat carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Collecting frogs and fishing without a basic fishing license carries up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail for each offense.

The three subjects may also face civil restitution totaling $1,624 for the illegally taken deer.

LDWF Schedules Aerial Herbicide Treatment for Lake Bistineau

Release Date: 09/26/2017

LDWF Schedules Aerial Herbicide Treatment for Lake Bistineau

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has scheduled an aerial herbicide application on Lake Bistineau for Thursday, September 28, weather permitting, to control large expanses of giant salvinia that are inhibiting access in Lake Bistineau.
 
The aerial application is intended to treat selected areas where giant salvinia growth is particularly heavy, encompassing roughly 500 acres in total. The designated spray area includes the Gregg Lake area of Lake Bistineau.
 
These herbicides are approved by the EPA for use in aquatic environments.
 
LDWF asks that boaters avoid the application area during this time. Recreational activities will not be restricted on other areas of the lake.

LDWF to Take Part in Pearl River Cleanup Event

Release Date: 09/21/2017

Sept. 21, 2017 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will take part in the first Pearl River Clean Sweep 2017, an effort to deal with a growing litter problem on the river that runs along the Louisiana-Mississippi border.
 
The event will be held from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday (Sept. 23). The cleanup will span some 490 miles and involves dozens of volunteers from both states. The area to be cleaned involves 13 counties and two parishes.
 
LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet said he strongly supports the effort of the Pearl River Clean Sweep group. “It’s a great idea and something I think could be duplicated across the state,’’ Montoucet said.
 
The department will have two enforcement agents and two vessels at the site to assist with water safety issues.
 
State Rep. Malinda Smith is the organizer of the group performing clean up near her representative district that includes St. Tammany and Washington parishes. “We’re hoping for a large turnout to help get rid of the plastic bottles, Styrofoam and other debris along this wonderful river,” the Democrat state representative said.
 
There will be volunteers in boats, kayaks and walking along the banks, she said.
 
Stuart Bishop, chairman of the Natural Resources and Environment committee, will attend the event as an observer, Smith said, adding that the Lafayette Republican is focused on cleaning up waterways in his district.
 
“This clean-up is a bipartisan issue,” she said.
 
The event is the vision of Jessica Gauley, owner of Honey Island Kayak Tours, who has been leading a river cleanup event on the Pearl for more than six years.
 
Those interested in volunteering for the event or to get more information can visit pearlriverkeeper.com or americanrivers.org .
 

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Red Snapper Catch Below Limit, State Season Possible

Release Date: 09/21/2017

Sept. 21, 2017 - The red snapper catch numbers in Louisiana ended more than 100,000 pounds below the state’s self-imposed limit of 1.04 million pounds for the recently completed 2017 season, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced.
 
Anglers finished the season on Sept. 4 catching 936,864 pounds of red snapper or 107,929 pounds less that the limit, according to LA CREEL, the agency’s near real-time data collecting program. The total opens the door for a possible additional state red snapper season sometime this fall. That decision will likely be considered by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) at its upcoming meeting on Oct. 5.
 
The LDWF established a limit on its red snapper catch because it believes being accountable for the catch limit will help the state’s chances of receiving federal government permission that would allow Louisiana to manage its own red snapper season out 200 nautical miles from its coast.
 
The federal red snapper season, originally set for three days in June, was extended 39 days as part of an agreement reached this summer involving Louisiana, the four other Gulf states – Mississippi, Alabama, Texas and Florida – and the U.S. Department of Commerce. It allowed recreational anglers to fish in both state waters and in federal waters out 200 miles from the Louisiana coast for red snapper on weekends through Labor Day.
 
Also, under the agreement, there was no red snapper fishing in state waters – out 9 miles from the Louisiana coast – on Mondays through Thursdays, except on July 3-4 and Sept. 4. Anglers were limited to two fish, measuring at least 16 inches, per day.
 
For more information on the 2017 red snapper landings estimates, visit: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/page/41176-red-snapper/redsnapperwebsitedocument9-10-17.pdf
 

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LDWF Announces Public Meeting to Discuss Bass Regulation Change on Caney Creek Reservoir

Release Date: 09/19/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will hold a public meeting regarding the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission’s recent Notice of Intent (NOI) to remove the protective slot limit regulation for black bass on Caney Creek Reservoir in Jackson Parish. Results from the recent stock assessment study on the bass population in Caney will be discussed, and anglers will have the opportunity to provide written public comment on the proposed change.

Who:  LDWF Inland Fisheries staff
 
What:  Public meeting on Caney Creek Reservoir
 
When:  Monday, September 25, 2017, at 7 p.m.
 
Where:    Jimmie Davis State Park Conference Center
                1209 State Park Rd.
                Chatham, LA 71226
 
The current LDWF Caney Creek Reservoir Management Plan can be viewed at: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/waterbody-management-plans-inland.
 
The largemouth bass stock assessment report for Caney Creek Reservoir is available here: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/document/41525-caney-creek-reservoir/caney_lmb_project_abbreviated_version.pdf.
 
The meeting is open to the public, and all persons interested in the conservation and management of the fisheries resources in Caney Creek Reservoir are encouraged to attend.
 
For additional information regarding the meeting, contact Jeff Sibley, LDWF Biologist Manager, at jsibley@wlf.la.gov or (318) 371-3066. Comments regarding the NOI may be submitted via email or in writing and mailed to 9961 Hwy. 80 Minden, LA 71055 prior to November 20, 2017.

 

Hunters for the Hungry To Host “Clean Out Your Freezer Day”

Release Date: 09/18/2017

Sept. 18, 2017 - Hunters for the Hungry (HFH) will host its annual “Clean Out Your Freezer Day” to benefit food banks and food pantries across the state on Sunday, Sept. 24th from 1-4 p.m. in conjunction with Hunter Action Month. Hunters are encouraged to clean out their freezers before the upcoming hunting seasons and share their leftover bounty with the hungry. Donations will be distributed directly to those in need in partnership with approximately 400 agencies across the state.
 
In past years, HFH has collected more than 250,000 pounds of fish, game and other frozen protein items. “Clean-Out Your Freezer Day” is HFH’s annual kick off for the hunting season and provides a much-needed boost to the organization’s year-long protein sourcing efforts.
 
Hunters for the Hungry encourages hunters and anglers to enjoy the plentiful wild game in Louisiana and give back by sharing frozen fish and game with the hungry through programs such as “Clean Out Your Freezer Day” in the fall and “Donate A Deer” in the winter months. “Clean Out Your Freezer Day” gives hunters and anglers an excellent opportunity to put their leftover fish and game to good use when preparing for the upcoming hunting season.
 
“Clean Out Your Freezer Day” isn’t just for people who hunt and fish. All are welcome to join the cause by donating any frozen goods or non-perishable/canned goods to benefit those in need. All donations must be labeled and dated.
 
For details and a list of collection sites in your area, visit HFH at www.hunters4hungrylouisiana.org. For more information, contact Jimmy Anthony at 225-412-4993 or hfh@wlf.la.gov.

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LDWF to Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day on Saturday, September 23

Release Date: 09/15/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will host National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHFD) events on Saturday, Sept. 23 in four locations throughout the state including Baton Rouge, Haughton, Woodworth and West Monroe.  
 
All four of the events are free, and the number and types of exhibits vary depending on the location. All events will feature exhibits on LDWF management programs, Ducks Unlimited, Safari Club, Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana and supporting businesses from the local communities. Attendees will have a chance to try their skills at shooting, fishing and boating, as well as learn about wildlife with live animals.
 
Details for the four events are as follows:
 
Waddill Wildlife Refuge
4142 North Flannery Road
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70814
8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
(225) 765-2927
 
The department will stock adult-sized channel catfish in the lake prior to the event, and anglers are urged to bring their own rod, reel and ice chest to keep their catch. Limited bait will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
 
Bodcau Wildlife Management Area Shooting Range
168 Ben Durden Rd.
Haughton, Louisiana 71037
(318) 371-3050
 
Woodworth
LDWF Outdoor Education Center Shooting Range
661 Robinson Bridge Road
Woodworth, Louisiana 71485
8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
(318) 484-2276
 
Ouachita Parish Rifle Range
357 Sheriff Fewell Road
West Monroe, Louisiana 71292
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
(318) 343-4044
 
NHFD is a national event celebrated in all 50 states on the fourth Saturday in September. It was created in 1972 when Congress passed two bills establishing a specific day to celebrate the conservation contributions of the nation’s hunters and anglers. Over forty years later, the events are still going strong.
 
LDWF introduced its first NHFD event in 1982 at the Monroe district office. In the following years, three more locations were added in Baton Rouge, Minden and Woodworth.  Today, more than 10,000 people statewide attend the celebrations, making NHFD the biggest public event for the department.
 
The department would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous support: Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation, CCA Louisiana, Coca-Cola Baton Rouge, Associated Grocers of Baton Rouge, Louisiana Fish Fry, Armstrong's Cricket Farm, CenturyLink, Ryan Auto Group, ENTERGY, Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office, Hixson Ford of Alexandria, WoodmenLife, Doggett Equipment Services, Burger King, Sayes Office Supply, Van Mol Tire and Equipment, Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association and many other local business who made in-kind and monetary donations to help make these events a continued success.
 
 
For more additional event information, visit: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/nhfd2017.

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